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Coax definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COAX, v.t. To wheedle; to flatter; to soothe, appease or persuade by flattery and foundling.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a transmission line for high-frequency signals [syn: coaxial cable, coax, coax cable] v
1: influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along" [syn: wheedle, cajole, palaver, blarney, coax, sweet- talk, inveigle]

Merriam Webster's

I. transitive verb Etymology: earlier cokes, from cokes simpleton Date: 1581 1. obsolete fondle, pet 2. to influence or gently urge by caressing or flattering ; wheedle <coaxed him into going> 3. to draw, gain, or persuade by means of gentle urging or flattery <unable to coax an answer out of him> 4. to manipulate with great perseverance and usually with considerable effort toward a desired state or activity <coax a fire to burn> Synonyms: see cajole II. noun Date: 1945 coaxial cable

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 (usu. foll. by into, or to + infin.) persuade (a person) gradually or by flattery. 2 (foll. by out of) obtain (a thing from a person) by coaxing. 3 manipulate (a thing) carefully or slowly. Derivatives: coaxer n. coaxingly adv. Etymology: 16th c.: f. 'make a cokes of' f. obs. cokes simpleton, of unkn. orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Coax Coax (?; 110), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coaxed; p. pr. & vb. n. Coaxing.] [Cf. OE. cokes fool, a person easily imposed upon, W. coeg empty, foolish; F. coquin knave, rogue.] To persuade by gentle, insinuating courtesy, flattering, or fondling; to wheedle; to soothe. Syn: To wheedle; cajole; flatter; persuade; entice.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Coax Coax, n. A simpleton; a dupe. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(coaxes, coaxing, coaxed) 1. If you coax someone into doing something, you gently try to persuade them to do it. After lunch, she watched, listened and coaxed Bobby into talking about himself... The government coaxed them to give up their strike by promising them temporary residence permits. VERB: V n prep, V n to-inf 2. If you coax something such as information out of someone, you gently persuade them to give it to you. The WPC talked yesterday of her role in trying to coax vital information from the young victim... VERB: V n out of/from n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Wheedle, cajole, flatter, cog, persuade by fondling, prevail upon by flattery.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To fondle, or wheedle. To coax a pair of stockings; to pull down the part soiled into the shoes, so as to give a dirty pair of stockings the appearance of clean ones. Coaxing is also used, instead of darning, to hide the holes about the ancles.

Moby Thesaurus

advocate, allure, apply pressure, bait, bait the hook, banter, barter, beguile, beset, besiege, blandish, blarney, bug, butter up, buttonhole, cajole, call on, call upon, charm, con, decoy, draw, draw in, draw on, dun, ensnare, entice, exert pressure, exhort, flirt, flirt with, get, give the come-on, high-pressure, importune, induce, insist, insist upon, inveigle, jawbone, jolly, lead on, lobby, lure, manipulate, nag, nag at, offer bait to, persuade, pester, plague, plead with, ply, press, pressure, prevail, push, recommend, rope in, seduce, soft-soap, suck in, sweet-talk, tease, tempt, urge, wheedle, woo, work on


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